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'''Jacob August Riis''' (May 3, 1849 – May 26, 1914) was a Danish-American Reform movement|social reformer, "muckraker|muckraking" journalist and social documentary photography|social documentary photographer. He is known for using his photographic and journalistic talents to help the impoverished in New York City; those impoverished New Yorkers were the subject of most of his prolific writings and photography. He endorsed the implementation of "model Apartment building|tenements" in New York with the help of humanitarian Lawrence Veiller. Additionally, as one of the most famous proponents of the newly practicable casual photography, he is considered one of the fathers of photography due to his very early adoption of Flash (photography)|flash in photography. While living in New York, Riis experienced poverty and became a police reporter writing about the quality of life in the slums. He attempted to alleviate...
Imagesize| caption = Jacob Riis in 1906
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Birth placeRibe, Denmark
Death date{{death date and age |1914|5|26|1849|5|3|}}
Death placeBarre, Massachusetts|Barre, Massachusetts, United States|USA
NationalityUnited States|American
FieldReform movement|Social reform, journalism, photography
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